[review] Hydrate and pamper with Dr.Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask

The Dr.Jart Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution sheet mask is the newest addition to my skincare inventory. I picked it up on sale for $29.99 for a box of 5 sheets at T & T Supermarket (regular price $7.50/sheet at Sephora). What a steal!

Before masking, I always exfoliate my skin with the Foreo Luna mini and rinse with warm water then pat to dry. Some may also prefer to apply a toner or booster essence prior to masking. During masking, I recommend lying down as it not only utilizes gravity to help the goodness sink in, but also to creates a peaceful mental space where you can enjoy the present moment and unwire from the day. Let's take a closer look at this deep hydration sheet mask.

Dr. Jart+ states that the mask is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It contains aquaxyl and xylitol to enhance moisture retention and strengthen the skin's barrier by preventing water loss. It also contains oligo-hyaluronic acid and algae extract which supports long-lasting moisturization and natural collagen synthesis. 

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INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Panthenol, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Algae Extract, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Arginine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil

Upon opening the sachet, a sheet mask folded in four can be found drenched in fluidy serum. There is a pleasant, mild floral scent which reminded me of a rose garden. The mask is transluscent, and is adhered to a plastic film, photographed below. I peel off the mask easily from the plastic film and placed it on my face. I carefully expelled air bubbles trapped underneath to ensure good contact. The mask measures approximately 21cm in diameter, and fits the entirety of my face perfectly.

As the sheet is made with fine cellulose fibre, it is incredibly soft, smooth and very comfortable to wear for an extended period of time (and this is comparing to my old favourite, innisfree's It's Real! masks). As you can see in the photo below, it really does look and feel like second skin!

The sheet mask provided a cooling and calming sensation for at least a good 20 minutes before it began to dry up completely. I massaged in the remaining serum on my face, then left my skin as-is for another 30 minutes to test its effectiveness at providing deep hydration. I'm surprised that the initial hint of stickiness disappeared within 5-10 minutes, and my skin continued to feel moisturized, tender and smooth beyond the half-an-hour mark. 

All in all, the Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution sheet mask is a great find that I will continue to repurchase. It will be helpful in the morning to de-puff and prep the skin for makeup (if time allows), and also as a treatment at night time, followed up by a light face cream and eye cream before sleep. Now I am curious to try some of the other masks from Dr. Jart+ as well, especially the Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask.

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Have you tried any of the other Dr.Jart+ masks? Which masks do you like to use? Leave me a comment below!

💄 Lippies, lippies & lippies 💋 A quick look at my stash & swatch!

Has anyone ever complained about having too many lippies? With the overwhelming offerings out there, one can't possibly be satisfied with owning just a pink and a red lipstick. But how do you choose? In my opinion, an excellent lip product is not only functional and lasting, but  is also thoughtful with respect to its user-experience. To me, lipsticks are also accessories that speak about one's personal style as well. While it is tempting to 'collect-them-all", it's definitely worthwhile to do your research and swatch on your lips in-store before dishing out $$$ for products that you won't end up reaching for.

Today, I've gathered my beloved lippies collection and swatched them to share. Read on. 😝 

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Last summer, I received Jurlique's popular face mist, BLOOM Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense in their gorgeous limited edition packaging. Jurlique is an Australian brand that believes in connecting people with nature through their products. This balancing mist is one of their best sellers and promises to entice the senses while providing a boost of hydration. Read on for my user-experience on this facial mist.

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Ever since I stepped into the world of makeup in my third year of University, I've been faithfully using the Lancome Bi-facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover. My first ever bottle was a 50mL sample from a gift-with-purchase event with mom at The Bay. After experiencing how easy it is to remove eye makeup with a cotton pad, I've repurchased the Bifacil many times either as samples or bought full-size (over $30). I never thought twice about trying different brands until last year, when I read overwhelmingly positive reviews on the Clinique makeup remover for Lids Lashes & Lips on Sephora's website. In addition to the raving reviews, it's about $13 less than Lancome for the same 4.2oz bottle!

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